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Digitizing the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon (aka BDB)

By dowens - Posted on 02 February 2011

One of our long-term projects here at TExT is a Hebrew lexicon that offers a concise and modern alternative to Strongs' Hebrew lexicon. However, there is a more widely-respected alternative to Strongs: the Brown, Driver, Briggs, A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament with an Appendix Containing the Biblical Aramaic (Oxford: Clarendon, 1936).


The lexicon is in the public domain, and many commercial Bible software companies have created digital copies. However, to my knowledge there is no complete open digital text of the lexicon. A djvu scan is available at Wiki Source. It would be great to see BDB make it into the open digital text world, so if you are able to contribute but running OCR on the images and/or proofreading the results, this would be a fantastic contribution to open source Bible software and those who use it. Register as a user at and start contributing! This is all the more valuable now that David Troidl has completed his BDB index, mapping between Strongs numbers and BDB pages. Check out his announcement at Open Scriptures.

Edit: David Troidl's work at includes such extensive work toward digitizing BDB that anyone wishing to contribute should consider contributing to his work.

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